Marcus Aurelius’s primer to Stoicism is good. Like really, really good. Somewhere between philosophy and psychology, Meditations is a recommendation to a lifestyle of productivity and internal peace. I’ll give you an example of one my favorite quotes:   “How much trouble he avoids who does not look to see what his neighbor says or […]

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In Pursuit of the Perfect Cabbage

Brassica oleracea. Kale, broccoli, cauliflower, collard greens… they all pay homage to their ancestor Brassica oleracea. [1] Cultivated broadly throughout history, from the plains of Mesopotamia, to the fertile expanses of the Nile, the humble cabbage has stolen the hearts of travelers through history. The root, Oleracea, ties together her children, all the plentiful cultivars of Brassica oleracea. You might […]

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Death and Dying

Hey all! Just a quick update. I just wanted to write a bit today and put something out on the blog for y’all. I’ve recently read the New Yorker article: “Questions for Me About Dying” by Cory Taylor that you can read here. [1] Author of Me and Mr. Booker, My Beautiful Enemy, and Dying: A Memoir, her writing combines […]

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So What Does It Means to Do Good Science Anyway?: A Conversation with Michi Taga

By: Joseph Maa Date: 5/25/2017 Why can’t researchers do research and have professors just teach? It’s a natural question that exists at all research institutions, with Berkeley as no exception. It’s a problem that frustrates both students and professors to no end: researchers are increasingly subjected to higher and higher demands on their time, while students […]

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